Obi-Wan will definitely take McGregor’s character into new heights, and it will be interesting to see how all of this will play out. The fact that McGregor pointed out that he is more excited in playing the character for the Disney+ show than the prequel trilogy isn’t surprising since it allows him to tap into the deep history of the Obi-Wan persona.
While speaking with Empire Podcast, Obi-Wan Kenobi star Ewan McGregor expressed his delight over reprising the iconic role for the Disney+ show while also admitting that he’s more “excited about doing this one than I was doing the second and third one that we did before:”
“I’m more excited about doing this one than I was doing the second and third one that we did before. I’m just excited about working with Deborah Chow [director, who also directed episodes of The Mandalorian], and the storylines are going to be really good I think. I’m just excited to play him again. It’s been long enough since I played him before.”
McGregor acknowledged that the prequel trilogy movies weren’t “much liked when they came out,” but the actor shared that he is “really aware” of what those films meant to the “children of that time.” The Revenge of the Sith actor also mentioned that he “met people who, they mean a lot to them, those films, more so than the original three:”
“You know, our films weren’t much liked when they came out, by my generation who loved the first ones. I think people of our generation wanted to feel the way they’d felt when they saw those first three movies when they were kids, and George [Lucas] wanted to take our ones in a different direction, he had a different idea. It was tricky at the time, I remember. But now, all these years later, I’m really aware of what our films meant to the generation they were made for, the children of thattime. They really like them. I’ve met people who, they mean a lot to them, those films, more so than the original three, and I’m like, ‘Are you kidding?’”
McGregor also spoke about the innovative technology that Obi-Wan will be using for production while recalling his experience while filming the prequel trilogy a decade ago:
“The first three [Star Wars films] I did were really at the very beginning of digital photography. We had a camera with an umbilical cord to a tent, it was like back to the beginning of movies where the camera didn’t move very much because there was so much hardware attached to it. Now we’re going to be able to really create stuff without swathes of green-screen and blue-screen, which becomes very tedious for the actor.”